How Much Does It Cost to Earn a Free Night?

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I'm in the process of updating my hotel elite status comparison chart, and as part of that process I need to collect information on the different award tiers and the points earned with each stay. That allows me to do what I consider a very useful analysis of the relative cost of earning an … [Read more...]

Booking a miles and points trip to Angkor Wat

My outbound trip, maximizing United miles best I could before the devaluation

In November, 2013, Asiana opened up award space in First Class on almost every flight possible.  Of interest was their new First Suite Class on their 77W (actually a 777-200), which only operated between New York-JFK and Seoul-Incheon. The United devaluation had just been announced … [Read more...]

#Milemadness Mid-Month Update & 100,000 Miles in 7 Days

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I'm currently participating in Saverocity's Mile Madness Tournament. If you haven't heard of it before, it's basically a group of bloggers who are competing against each other to see who can earn the most points in the month of March. I wrote a post at the beginning of the month outlining … [Read more...]

A New Way to Triple Dip & Manufacture Spend

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I'm currently in the middle of Saverocity's Milemadness tournament. So far, the results have me in 2nd place or 1st place if you look at all the factors. As awesome as it looks, I don't know whether I can keep it up due to my impeding cold that is probably going to last for the good part … [Read more...]

Using SPG Points to book Bangkok Airways (via JAL)

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A quick reminder for those of you who need local flights within Thailand or to surrounding countries that Bangkok Airways is partners with Japan Airlines (JAL), which is in turn a transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).  There's currently a promotion for redeeming JAL points … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget to Garden Your Reservations!

I'm a big fan of what Gary Leff calls "gardening" your reservations. If you book it and forget it, then there is a greater chance you will be disappointed when the time comes to take your trip. Flight schedules change often enough, and many airlines don't do a great job of alerting the … [Read more...]